Helping you through breast cancer treatment

A testing time: More tests

A testing time: More tests

The whirlwind of a breast cancer diagnosis may lead to more tests. Some tests that you may have to undergo, or that you may hear about, are listed below. This is not a complete list. Not everyone will need these tests. Your breast surgeon or oncologist will tell you if you need these tests.

1. Sentinel node biopsy: This is carried out by a needle test or by surgery to test the lymph nodes for cancer cells and thus whether the cancer has spread from your breast to your lymph nodes.

2. BRCA test: this is a test to see whether you carry a genetic mutation to one of the BRCA genes which can lead to an increased chance of developing cancer in your other breast or ovarian cancer. It is given to women with a family history of breast cancer.

3. Oncotype DX test: Some breast cancers do not require chemotherapy. Your oncologist may carry out this test to see whether you would benefit from chemotherapy.


SNB: Choose the “surgery to the lymph nodes” link from the menu in this link on the Breast Cancer Care website.

BRCA test: The Royal Marsden Beginner’s Guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2

Oncotype DX Test: Information on the Breast Cancer Care website

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